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September 3, 2018

Travel, Romance, Food & Fringe Up For Grabs in the 2018 Raffle

Eight days visiting Guatemala’s volcano-studded landscapes, charming Mayan villages, and historic cities sounds like a dream. Did you know this can be all yours for $10 through the Fringe Raffle? Thanks to Finisterra Travel, you and a friend and go on an amazing trip to Guatemala—try local cuisine and participate in a cooking class, wander around Central America’s largest and most vibrant market in Chichicastenango, kayak around Lake Atitlan, zip-line over the Pacaya Volcano, and more!

Win a trip for two to Guatemala by joining our Fringe Raffle!

Win a trip for two to Guatemala by joining our Fringe Raffle!

How does a romantic weekend getaway to Whistler sound? Our second place Raffle prize is two nights in the Nita Lake Lodge’s Lakeview Studio Suite and dinner for two at Aura Restaurant! Have a relaxing holiday while indulging in Caramelized Bananas and Nutella French Toast for brunch and Lemon Thyme Pan-Seared Steelhead Salmon for dinner!

Our third prize is $100 in Foodora gift cards and a Kick Ass Pass for the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival. So not only will you have the best restaurants in your city at your fingertips, but you and a friend can watch as many shows as you want at next year’s Festival!

The Raffle is a fundraising initiative that supports the Festival and its Artists. Anyone, and we mean anyone—volunteers, patrons, artists, and more—can purchase tickets. It’s a great two-in-one deal: win great prizes AND support your local theatre community!

Get your tickets at our Raffle Tent (by the Fringe Box Office), at the Phillips Fringe Bar, and around the Festival! They’re $10 for one ticket, or $20 for three tickets. We’ll be holding the Raffle Draw on September 16 at 10:00pm on Awards Night at Performance Works on 1218 Cartwright Street. You don’t have to be present—we’ll be in touch if you’re drawn in the Raffle!

For all our Raffle rules and regulations, click here.

Tickets may be only sold and purchased in British Columbia.
Ticket purchasers must be 19 years of age or older. If a winning ticket bears a minor’s name, the prize will be lawfully delivered on behalf of the minor parent, legal guardian, or trustee. Prizes have no equivalent cash value.

Our Box Office is (Almost) Open!

Our Box Office is opening tomorrow! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Our Box Office is opening tomorrow! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

In breaking news: the (physical) Fringe Box Office is opening tomorrow, September 4! Stop by to buy your tickets, pick up your Frequent Fringers and Memberships, and talk about all things Fringe with our Box Office Associates. You can find us at 1398 Cartwright Street in the “Fish Bowl” from 4-9pm on weekdays, and from 12-9pm on weekends.

In case you missed our AGM, don’t forget that we have increased our Membership fees to $7, and ticket prices to $15. Also, we are only able to accept cash at the venues this year, so visit the Fringe Box Office if you want to use another payment method! And if you’re looking to save some money, there are select half-price performances throughout the Festival. Check out our Program Guide and look for the ½ symbol next to a particular show!

Please note that there will be no refunds or exchanges once a ticket has been bought.

If you have any questions about our tickets or passes, go to our website for more information!

Show Updates: New Shows Added!

Because of the Fringe’s nature, anything goes: from inviting any and every Artist with a show idea to submit to our lottery, to our figuring out the Festival line-up by drawing names out of a hat, to not knowing what’s going to happen until September, anything can happen.

Sadly, three shows have had to withdraw from the Festival since the Program Guide was printed: The Silent Houselolcow, and Throne Life.

Jon Bennett: How I Learned to Hug and Woody Sed are the latest additions to our Fringe line-up!

Jon Bennett: How I Learned to Hug and Woody Sed are the latest additions to our Fringe line-up!

But the Fringe must go on, and two shows are stepping in!

Jon Bennett: How I Learned To Hug will replace The Silent House at the Waterfront Theatre. You may remember Jon Bennett from his past appearances at the Vancouver Fringe with Fire in the Meth Lab and  Pretending Things Are a Cock . In How I Learned to Hug, Jon shares a little about his love life, and how he was detained at the Montreal airport.

Woody Sed will take over from lolcow at The Cultch. Woody Sed is the story of Woody Guthrie, the American folk musician and hero known for writing “This Land is Your Land” and as a socialist and communist sympathizer during the Great Depression.

There are a few other updates to take note of. Wastelands has a show at the Micon Parking Lot on Thursday, September 6, at 8pm. This schedule is not listed in the Program Guide. And Inside Voices: A Musical in the Key of P at the Firehall Arts Centre starts at 11:15pm on Friday, and not at 10:45pm as Program Guide states.

Remember to check out the daily Fresh Sheet on our website and around the Festival for additional updates!

Get a Clue at Opening Night

Get ready to be charmed by 40 Fringe Artists in two hours! Photos by Deborah Kisiel and Rosemarie Gresham.

Get ready to be charmed by 40 Fringe Artists in two hours! Photos by Deborah Kisiel and Rosemarie Gresham.

Tickets for our two-in-one party, Opening Night featuring the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All, are now sold out! On September 5, starting at 7:00pm at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and desserts from Dockside Restaurant, The Keg and hummus from Habibi’s. Then, at 8:00pm, get ready for two hours of controlled chaos (that is, two hours of 40 Fringe artists convincing you to come to their show in two minutes or less) at the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All. We will be joined by hosts (and Fringe artists!) Travis Bernhardt and Sara Vickruck!

If you didn’t get a ticket, don’t worry—we’ll keep you posted on Twitter!


August 23, 2018

Opening Night featuring The Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All

Come out and play with us on September 5 at Performance Works for two of your favourite events rolled into one—Opening Night and the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All!

Starting at 7:00pm, indulge yourself with some hors d’oeuvres and desserts from The Keg and Dockside Restaurant, and hummus from Habibi’s. Catch up with some old friends and meet new ones, and start making plans for 11 days of Fringing!

Join us at The Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All and Opening Night for a party jampacked with Fringey goodness!

Join us at Opening Night featuring the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All  for a party jampacked with Fringey goodness!

Afterwards, it’s game on with the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All. Get a taste of the shows before committing! Sit back, relax, and enjoy (and maybe take notes) as 40 Fringe Artists and companies convince you—in two minutes or less—why you should see their show! Hosted by Travis Bernhardt (Unscriptured) and Sara Vickruck (Poly Queer Love Ballad), the Fringe-For-All is true to the Fringe’s nature: unjuried and uncensored. With 99 shows to choose from, we assure you it’s okay to tag multiples!

Tickets are available for $25 online or at the door. Can’t make it? Don’t worry—we’ll be live-tweeting that night and keep you posted!

Wanted: Volunteers and Billet Hosts

You still have time to apply to volunteer with us! Photo by Al Ricard.

You still have time to apply to volunteer with us! Photo by Al Ricard.

We’re looking for more volunteers for the Festival! We have just over 400 volunteers, but we hope to have 100 more! From selling raffle or show tickets to pouring a glass of Wards Cider or Road 13 Vineyards wine at the Phillips Fringe Bar, and to driving people and supplies to our BYOVs, we have just the job for you! Volunteers get an awesome t-shirt from Rush Order Tees, snacks from Hardbite and other refreshments at the Volunteer Centre, a Volunteer Rush Pass, and more! Sign up now through MyVolunteerPage.com.

Want to help but can’t commit to volunteering? Why not host one of our touring Artists? Billet hosts provide a safe and secure place for Artists to stay while they’re performing at the Fringe. As a token of our appreciation, billet hosts get a Volunteer Rush Pass, or 10 Exchange Vouchers, which are good for any regular performance in this year’s Festival. Sign up now and help us make this year’s Festival a great one!

Expect to Have a Rockin’ Time at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

Clockwise from left: Dawn Pemberton, Kimmortal, Kitty & the Rooster.

Clockwise from left: Dawn Pemberton, Kimmortal, Kitty & the Rooster.

With only a few weeks left before the Festival, we’re getting ready to push “play” at the Phillips Fringe Bar! Head over to Ocean Art Works to jam to some great music from different genres, sing karaoke with a live band, dance the Irish Ceilidh, and have fun times with fellow Fringers. If you’ve been looking at the Program Guide and can’t quite decide which artist to check out, here’s a preview of what’s playing.

On September 14, emcee and singer-songwriter Kimmortal will be bringing their high energy to the stage! Featured this year in SXSW and JUNOfest, BeatRoute Magazine describes them in 2016 as “[their] voice… unwavering, [their] style… razor sharp, and [their] candor… as refreshing and infectious as [their] electro soul hip-hop beats.”

After Kimmortal, local legend Dawn Pemberton will be rocking the Fringe Bar with her funky, soul-jazz beats! Named by the Vancouver Sun as “one of the country’s rising queens of soul,” this Western Canadian Music Award-winning veteran was recently featured at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Don’t be fooled by Kitty & the Rooster’s masks! In 2017, this rock n’ roll duo released the song “Paid a Million Dollars (To Live Like You’re Poor),” which the Georgia Straight describes “as a song that might as well be modern Vancouver’s municipal anthem.” They’re coming out with a new album, One Gig Hard Drive, which we’ll probably get to hear on September 14!

All this and more are coming soon at the Fringe! You can check out the full line-up right here. The Fringe Bar is open from 6:00pm till late from Monday to Friday, and from 1:00pm till late on Saturdays and Sundays. All ages are welcome, but people must be 19 years or older to purchase alcohol at the Fringe Bar. See you there!

Review for Theatre Addicts

Join the Theatre Addicts review team to share your thoughts and help them cover every single show at the Vancouver Fringe this year!

Theatre Addicts are already getting involved by interviewing Fringe artists and creating their own live version of Fringe Bingo. Soak up some behind the scenes secrets with cast interviews, artist profiles, and other exclusive content on their website! They recently interviewed the cast and director of Bonnie and Clyde, which you can check out here.

Theatre Addicts is more than a guide to help people decide what to see. Their goal is to create a place for conversation, for the exchange of different perspectives and insights. They need your help bringing Vancouver in all its diversity out to the theatre.

No experience reviewing? No problem! They’ll provide the training—all you need to bring is your unique perspective, a bucket load of enthusiasm, an inquiring mind, and a love for the performing arts. E-mail Danielle at contact@theatreaddicts.com to apply to become a Theatre Addicts reviewer!

Apply now for the Fringe New Play Prize

Sara Vickruck and Anaïs West's Fringe New Play Prize-winning play Poly Queer Love Ballad will be coming very soon!

Sara Vickruck and Anaïs West’s Fringe New Play Prize-winning play Poly Queer Love Ballad will be coming very soon!

Do you have a great idea for a show? Do you see yourself in the Fringe Mainstage in 2019? If you answered yes to both questions, we have good news for you—the Playwrights Theatre Centre is currently accepting applications for the Fringe New Play Prize! Now in its seventh year, the prize offers BC artists a leg up in creating and producing a new play by offering them free creation and rehearsal space, a guaranteed spot at the 2019 Fringe Mainstage, a spot in PTC’s theatre production seminar series, Block P, and eight months of dramaturgy with PTC Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel.

2018 winners Sara Vickruck and Anaïs West are currently hard at work for their show, Poly Queer Love Ballad. To see how they developed their show and snippets of their songs and poetry, check out this video interview with PTC!

Check out the PTC website for all the finer details and submit your application no later than October 1, 2018. We hope to see your work in the 2019 Fringe!